Laughing Stanford rapist Brock Turner to be released after only 3 months in jail

Brock Turner. Photo: Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
Brock Turner is scheduled to be getting out of jail this week, three months early.

Turner was sentenced to 6 months, following a conviction of three counts of sexual assault on the Stanford University campus.

Recently released documents from the case show that Turner admitted to laughing out loud when confronted by bystanders, mid-rape.

“I noticed that he was smiling. So I said, ‘Why are you smiling? Stop smiling,’” testified Peter Jonsson, one of two Stanford grad students who approached Turner and intervened while he was on top of an unconscious woman outside of a frat house.

In court papers, Turner doesn't deny giggling as he lifted his prone body off of his victim.

“I was laughing at the situation of how ridiculous it was,” he testified, according to the documents.

Turner's September release means that he will leave the Santa Clara County jail three months early for good behavior, as online records have indicated for some months.

His victim wrote a powerful letter to the judge about the impact the assault had on her body and her life.

In a decision that outraged many, Judge Aaron Persky gave the “star athlete” rapist an extraordinarily lenient sentence. Persky has since stepped down from criminal trials altogether.

Judge Persky “asked to be reassigned from hearing criminal cases at the Palo Alto courthouse, where he has been under intense fire since early June for sentencing former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail rather than a longer term in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a fraternity party,” the San Jose Mercury News reports.

We have covered the Brock Turner rape case extensively here at Boing Boing. Here's the archive.

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  1. Never has the phrase "I want to find this guy in a dark alley and beat the crap out of him" been so utterly appropriate and "reap-what-you-sow".

    Putting my rage aside, what better illustration of how white privilege works than this? American prisons are notoriously designed around punitive action, not rehabilitation, but this was a slap on the wrist, and a dainty slap at that. So now they're releasing a unrehabilitated rapist back into the general population who has been implicitly told "Rape all you want--if you get caught, the worst you'll have to deal with is a summer in jail." Meanwhile, anyone who doesn't share his background gets to feel the full force of the American penal system.

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  3. Watch your back, Brockie. Maybe think about moving out of Cali.

    And that's the real fuckin' shame here.

    May he never sleep easy again.

  4. The fact that many white people are in jail does not undercut the "white privilege" argument.

    A black kid caught in similar circumstances would almost certainly have faced worse punishment, even if that kid had a wealthy or well-connected family.

  5. Privilege is not some absolute shield, it's a finger on the scale. He's white: that's a finger. He's male: that's a finger. He's wealthy: that's a couple fingers.

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